The article discusses the best vanilla ice cream to use for affogato, a classic Italian dessert that combines espresso and gelato. The author suggests using gelato for an authentic experience and recommends Talenti Gelato's Madagascan Vanilla Bean flavor. If gelato is not available, the best vanilla ice cream option is Jeni's Ice Cream in Honey Vanilla Bean flavor. The article also mentions Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean as a close contender. It encourages personalization by trying different flavors of ice cream and adding toppings like chocolate or caramel sauce.